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Change and starting good and breaking habits is very hard for us. Our brains are wired to keep us alive and anything that feels unfamiliar or out of control wakes up our primitive brains, that want us to be safe from harm. Although this served us well as a species, it no longer servers us well in the modern world While tough at first, changing habits can be the key to improving our health, productivity and overall well-being at work and at home. North Rock Leadership’s understanding of the science of changing habits. We have successfully helped many clients set goals and change behaviors using models and tools such as The Transtheoretical Model and WOOP.
The Transtheoretical Model OF CHANGE
• Uses the Stages of Change to integrate the most powerful principles and processes of change from leading theories of counseling and behavior change;
• Is based on principles developed from over 35 years of scientific research, intervention development, and scores of empirical studies;
• Applies the results of research funded by over $80 million worth of grants and conducted with over 150,000 research participants; and
• Is currently in use by professionals around the world.
Overview of the Model (TTM)
The Transtheoretical Model (Prochaska & DiClemente, 1983; Prochaska, DiClemente, & Norcross, 1992) is an integrative, biopsychosocial model to conceptualize the process of intentional behavior change. Whereas other models of behavior change focus exclusively on certain dimensions of change (e.g. theories focusing mainly on social or biological influences), the TTM seeks to include and integrate key constructs from other theories into a comprehensive theory of change that can be applied to a variety of behaviors, populations, and settings—hence, the name Transtheoretical.
The Stages of Change
Stages of Change lie at the heart of the TTM. Studies of change have found that people move through a series of stages when modifying behavior. While the time a person can stay in each stage is variable, the tasks required to move to the next stage are not. Certain principles and processes of change work best at each stage to reduce resistance, facilitate progress, and prevent relapse. Those principles include decisional balance, self-efficacy, and processes of change. Only a minority (usually less than 20%) of a population at risk is prepared to take action at any given time. Thus, action-oriented guidance disserves individuals in the early stages. Guidance based on the TTM results in increased participation in the change process because it appeals to the whole population rather than the minority ready to take action.
The stage construct represents a temporal dimension. Change implies phenomena occurring over time. Surprisingly, none of the leading theories of therapy contained a core construct representing time. Traditionally, behavior change was often construed as an event, such as quitting smoking, drinking, or overeating. TTM recognizes change as a process that unfolds over time, involving progress through a series of stages. While progression through the Stages of Change can occur in a linear fashion, a nonlinear progression is common. Often, individuals recycle through the stages or regress to earlier stages from later ones.
• Precontemplation (Not Ready)
• Contemplation (Getting Ready)
• Preparation (Ready)
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Change and starting good habits can be very hard for us; and breaking bad habits are even harder. Our brains are wired to keep us alive and anything that feels unfamiliar or out of control wakes up our primitive brains, which want us to be safe from harm. Although this served us well as a species, it no longer serves us well in the modern world. While tough at first, changing habits can be the key to improving our health, productivity, and overall well-being at work and at home. North Rock Leadership coaches have deep understanding of the science of changing habits. We have successfully helped many clients set goals and change behaviors using models and tools such as The Transtheoretical Model.